Delhi Daredevils New Zealand recruit Ross Taylor smashed 55 off 26 balls against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Delhi AFP
Delhi Daredevils New Zealand recruit Ross Taylor smashed 55 off 26 balls against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Delhi AFP

Ross Taylor, former New Zealand cricket great revealed Virender Sehwag’s epic batting advice during one of the IPL games in 2012 which left him amazed.

The Indian Premier League (IPL) did not just offer young and uncapped cricketers a chance to rub shoulders with international stars, but it brought cricket together as it gave international cricketers a chance to bond over those two months of riveting cricket action.

Over the years of the tournament, many overseas stars have managed to create a special bond with Indian cricketers and have had their fair share of fond memories.

Ross Taylor and Virender Sehwag while playing for Delhi in IPL 2012. AFP
Ross Taylor and Virender Sehwag while playing for Delhi in IPL 2012. AFP

Ross Taylor Revealed Virender Sehwag’s Epic Batting Advice During An IPL 2012 Match

New Zealand great Ross Taylor certainly will not forget the 2012 season of IPL when he was traded to Delhi for US$1.3 million, as he revealed in his new autobiography, Ross Taylor: Black & White, written with Paul Thomas, where he revealed Virender Sehwag’s epic batting advice during one of the matches.

After one of the matches for Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals), the team headed to Virender Sehwag’s restaurant. And while most members of the team indulged in watching Manchester City’s game, the famous tie where Sergio Agüero had scored in stoppage time to hand his side a historic Premier League title win, Ross Taylor enjoyed eating prawns.

Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag (Image Credit: Twitter)

The former New Zealand cricketer revealed that on the following day he looked to struggle in an IPL game while Virender Sehwag was at complete ease, smashing the ball all around the park. It was then that the India legend walked up to Ross Taylor and gave a bit of hilarious batting advice which left the latter amazed.

“We had a memorable night at Sehwag’s restaurant. A lot of the guys liked their football so we were watching Manchester City play Queens Park Rangers on a big screen. It was the final round of the Premier League and Sergio Agüero scored in stoppage time to give City a 3–2 win and their first title for 44 years.

“The food was fantastic, particularly the prawns. I couldn’t stop eating them but didn’t realise Sehwag was aware that I was making a pig of myself,” Taylor wrote in his book, an excerpt of which was published on Stuff.co.nz.

“We played the next day. Sehwag was smacking it to all parts, making it look easy. The overseas batters, me included, were struggling. I was feeling nervous because I was on big money and knew I had to deliver.

“The pressure was on when I went in to bat, but Sehwag was so relaxed: he glove-punched me and said, “Ross, just bat like you’re eating prawns.” It was like cricket was a hobby and he was just playing for fun. From then on, whenever our paths crossed, he would remind me about the prawns,” he added.

Ross Taylor played only two seasons for Delhi, scoring 256 runs in 16 innings with a fifty, while the right-handed batsman Virender Sehwag played 104 matches in the IPL, hitting 2728 runs off 1755 balls at an average of 27.56 and strike rate of 155.44. He also slammed 2 centuries and 16 half-centuries in the tournament. He played his last season in IPL 2015.

Ross Taylor Claimed that He Faced Racism In New Zealand Dressing Room And Was Slapped By Rajasthan Royals Owner

Ross Taylor, who is of Samoan heritage, in his book has claimed that he faced racism in the New Zealand dressing room. He also revealed that while playing from Rajasthan Royals in IPL in 2011 he was slapped by a RR owner after getting out on a duck in a match.

Ross Taylor (Image Credit: Twitter)
Ross Taylor (Image Credit: Twitter)

In another part of the autobiography, the Kiwi batting great has narrated one of the most interesting pieces of batting advice that he ever got. Ross Taylor joined Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) in 2012 for US$1.3 million and was struggling for runs in one of the matches when Indian legend Virender Sehwag, his then teammate, asked him to bat as he enjoys himself while eating prawns.

Ross Taylor started in the IPL with Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2008 and remained with them for the following two seasons before switching to Rajasthan Royals in 2011. The legendary New Zealander did, however, acknowledge that he had hoped to remain at RCB for a fourth straight season.

According to his opinion, he would have had a lengthier IPL career if he had stayed at RCB, where he amassed 517 runs in 22 innings with two fifty-plus scores. Ross Taylor went on to play for the Delhi Daredevils in 2012 before being traded to the Pune Warriors India. He returned to Delhi in 2014, his final IPL season.